The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) is seeking responses for four remaining proposal requests by 18 December for its 2011 ultradeepwater research and development program.
The annual program was established by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and covers four technical areas of interest.
One area of interest involves carbon fiber reinforced risers for dry tree drilling of high-pressure wells, concentrating on the ultradeepwater Gulf of Mexico. The proposals expand on an earlier RPSEA project. It involves designing several full-scale riser samples, deploying and testing them in a deepwater environment, and retrieving them for more tests as part of a qualification process.
A second area of focus is the integrity management of risers for deepwater drilling and production operations. The aim is to develop a system for real-time integrity management that lets end users remotely monitor deepwater riser systems and improve long-term performance.
A third area of focus covers vortex-induced vibration for deep draft, column-stabilized floaters, involving a model test to determine the sensitivity of the vortex-induced motion response to the geometric parameters of deep draft semisubmersibles. This work builds upon existing RPSEA research.
The last area of focus involves high-resolution environmental data for enhanced ultradeepwater operations safety. The objective is to accurately measure bottom currents, currents during a joint hurricane-eddy, and surface currents in real time. This will allow development of reliable and repeatable models to enable more reliable and safer design of pipelines, flexible flow lines, and floating vessels. It will also improve forecasting of currents (and potentially releases) in large loss of well control situations.
Organizations that have a US-based business are encouraged to submit proposals.
In August, the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy announced its selection of 11 research projects involving the exploitation of unconventional oil and gas resources. The contracts are being administered by RPSEA under the management of the office’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.
RPSEA’s 2010 ultradeepwater program selected 18 proposals for further consideration. The 2012 proposal requests are currently under review and will be made available after the 2011 program ends.